Business Licencing

Who needs a District of Tofino Business Licence?

Any person planning to operate a business or any form of commercial activity, must possess a valid business licence to work within the District of Tofino.

Unsure of the licenses you require? Check out BizPal, a free online service that allows business clients to easily generate a customized list of the permits and licences they require.

New Business Licence Applications

The $50.00 application fee, Business Licence Application Form, and  Business Licence Information Sheet are required for each new business licence application. These documents, accompanied by a copy of all necessary certificates from federal, provincial or municipal government authorities (or whenever the same documents are requested by the Bylaw Enforcement Officer), are the first steps in applying for a business licence within the District of Tofino.

Upon Business Licence approval, applicants are responsible for an Annual Business Licence Fee. Business Licence fees, business classifications and regulations can be found within the District of Tofino Business License Bylaw 858, 2000.

Please ensure that the location of your intended business has the appropriate zoning. You can determine the property zoning by viewing the zoning map. When you have determined the zoning of your intended business, you may check the Zoning Bylaw to determine the uses permitted on the property. When you click on the above links, please allow a few seconds for the documents to load.

Business Licence Renewals

2021 Renewals are now being accepted (Deadline December 31st, 2020)
Businesses in operation that have not yet completed renewals for 2020 will be required to do so before submitting for 2021. Business licence renewal forms will no longer be mailed out. If you require a renewal form (Business Information Sheet), paper copies are available at the Municipal Office or digital forms are available online to be printed or submitted digitally.

All business licences expire on December 31st and must be renewed annually. To renew your business licence, please submit your Business Licence Information Sheet for review, along with your annual payment as set forth in your previous year’s licence.  Please ensure that every section on the Business Licence Information Sheet is complete, and that all information is accurate and up-to-date by making changes to the pre-printed information where necessary.

Business licence renewals 30 days past due will be processed as new applications, requiring a Business Licence Application Form, Information Sheet, a late renewal fee and subject to additional inspection prior to approval.

Sign Permits

All businesses must ensure that they have applied for and received the proper sign permits for all business signage. Every business shall comply with all federal, provincial and municipal bylaws and regulations. 

Forms & References

For assistance with the various new business regulatory requirements for all levels of government, visit our BizPaLwebpage.


Damon Johnson - Business Licence Inspector

250-725-3229 ext 605